Old Mole Variety Hour

 

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist.  (We count Karl Marx as a friend).

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 Our theme "Mole in the Ground" is by Bascom Lamar Lunsford  (1924), somtimes blended with a newer versions, like the one  by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8

Air date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Child poverty in Oregon, a movie about MOVE, and some bad ideas about climate change
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole. Here is what's on tap:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hour of social & political commentary from a radically socialist, feminist, ecological point of view

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear...

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Memorial day, Troublemaking labor activism, and more!
The Old Mole Variety Hour
for Monday May 25, 2015

 
Bill Resnick talks with activist teacher Jesse Hagopian of Seattle about developments in labor organizing and the upcoming Labor Notes Troublemakers School on May 30, for which Jesse will be keynote speaker.

Old Mole Variety HourMay 18th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Police acttivism, Psychology and climate change, Class, capitalism

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Black Lives Matter movement, $15/hr minimum wage, and Everyday Rebellion

Bill Resnick will host this show, and we hear about the Black Lives Matter movement and its future, the Oregon fight for a $15/hour minimum wage,  and Everyday Rebellion-- the movie and the website.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 4th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle east, War, ISIS, Ethnic cleansing, Death Penalty, Lethal drugs,

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Bill Resnick Interviews Dave Finkel. They Discuss the wars in the middle-east and the alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia to destroy Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Barhrain to make life safe for colonialist, ethnic cleansing and the conservative Saudi monarchy. 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chilcot Crescent in which Weldon sums up the last half century and predicticts the next few decades.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Psychology, May Day, and More; Alan hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Alan Wieder hosts this episode, which features these segments:

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the psychological factors that distort thinking about wealth, poverty, and economic inequality. 

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong, the city's lead sustainability planner in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability regarding the recently released draft of the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Clayton Morgareidge comments on slavery and capitalism

Frann Michel talks with Hyung Nam about May Day history and May Day to come

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,


Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Audio

What's Happening in Egypt?

program date: 
Mon, 01/31/2011

 What's happening in Egypt these days -- and in Tunisia -- is huge.  What are the forces that are rising up, and what kind of new government will emerge?  Palestinian scholar Bashir Abu-Manneh of Barnard College, who has written on Middle Eastern issues in Z-Space and elsewhere, clarifies matters in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

Festival of African Films

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program date: 
Mon, 01/31/2011

 The 21st Annual Festival of African Films begins this Friday and continues for a month at several venues in Portland.  P.C. Peri of the program committee, in conversation with Jan Haaken,  previews the festival, which is free to everyone.  

January 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/31/2011

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Membership Drive episode of the Old Mole which includes discussions of what's ahead for the revolutionary events in Egypt; how Portland's feminist bookstore In Other Words featured in the TV series Portlandia; and the coming Festival of  African Films.  

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1.  Jan Haaken talks with Nora Barnett from In Other Words about being in Portlandia.

2.  In depth discussion of the events in Egypt with Bashir Abu-Mennah and Bill Resnick.  

3.  All about the coming Festival of African Films: P.C. Peri with Jan Haaken.

Why is the US Condemning Chinese Human Rights?

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program date: 
Mon, 01/24/2011

 Bill and David Gespass talk about the hypocrisy of the Obama Administration condemning Chinese human-rights violations when doing so obfuscates US complicity (on structural-economic and militant-political levels) in those violations. They also consider the United States' own anti-democratic tendencies on the electoral level.

David is  President of the National Lawyer's Guild. The guild was formed in 1937 and fights for human rights in the US. 

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  • Length: 18:44 minutes (8.57 MB)
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Movie Moles: Marwencol

program date: 
Mon, 01/24/2011

 Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the documentary Marwencol, directed by Jeff Malmberg. Unable to afford therapy after a near-death assault, Mark Hogancamp devotes himself to building a 1/6th-scale World War II era Belgian village that he populates with dolls and props. He calls the town "Marwencol." He takes photographs of his creations, which when discovered thrust him into uncertain limelight.

Frann and Jan consider how the film expresses - visually as well as narratively - a too uncommon respect for the mentally disturbed; how his creations allow him to work through or in some way deal with his trauma; and how his relationship to these dolls, including barbies, ties him to a caring community, and while fetishistic is not merely consumerist.

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  • Length: 13:56 minutes (6.38 MB)
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A Profound and Jarring Disconnect

program date: 
Mon, 01/24/2011

Tom reads Dave Lindorff's "A Profound and Jarring Disconnect." This article documents the disconnect between what the American people want in terms of spending-cuts, program priorities and tax increases and what the Obama administration continues to do, in their name and otherwise.

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  • Length: 5:52 minutes (2.68 MB)
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Climate Justice and the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee

program date: 
Mon, 01/24/2011

Carrie talks to Bill after returning from Cancun where she attended the International Climate Change Conference as a representative of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. She relates her experience caravaning across Mexico to the conference. She emphasizes climate change and social justice as twin issues, and speaks of climate justice, especially in movements to localize food and energy systems.

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  • Length: 10:20 minutes (4.73 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour January 24th

program date: 
Mon, 01/24/2011

Tom Becker hosts today's Old Mole, which features: US and Chinese Human Rights; a review of the film Marwencol; a profound and jarring disconnect between the will of the American people and their administration; and climate justice.

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How Will the World's Poor Eat?

program date: 
Mon, 01/17/2011

 The price of food is going up.  Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starving and many other works, talks with Bill Resnick about how weather, farming, and food distribution combine to make food harder to get for many millions around the world.  Among other positions, Patel  is a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First.  More information at their website.  

The Radical Martin Luther King

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program date: 
Mon, 01/17/2011

 Today it seems that mainstream and right-wing pundits prefer their heroes dead, the better to bowlderize their words and twist their messages.  Well-read Red Frann Michel draws on many sources to remind  us of the radical dimensions of Martin Luther King's legacy. You can read her remarks and find links to her sources here.  

Comments

Avatar's Jake Sully is ---- Tarzan - - -

 

A great review I've seen on Avatar (and how the soldier will save the people):

http://www.progressive.org/mp/danto010510.html

There is a link from there that exposes Cameron's plot as a mirror of Pocahontas, amazing parallel!      http://failblog.org/2010/01/10/avatar-plot-fail/

 

Since watching Avatar, I have viewed older videos on DVD and would rate that ahead of Avatar.

 

mel

 

 

 

commentary transcripts

It's convenient to have the Old Mole audio files available.
Even more useful for some of us would be transcripts of the commentaries (Clayton Morgareidge). Written material allows a person a chance to review, consider, digest and refer to mentioned references & thinkers. The "Well Read Red" commentary from 4 Aug 08 is a good example of a piece I'd like to read at my own pace.

transcripts

We will see to it that this happens whenever there is a prepared text. Thanks for the suggestion. Clayton Morgareidge The Old Mole Variety Hour

These folks are so profound

These folks are so profound and fascinating, especially the Resnick guy. Wow!

 

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